Authorities arrested a suspect in connection to the 39 illegal migrants that were found in a WalMart parking lot in Texas, locked in a hot car. Police found 8 dead, including two children, as the huge group was locked in a metal van with no air, or water.
James Mathew Bradley Jr., 60, of Clearwater, Florida, was believed to be the driver, and connected to the smuggling crime.
Authorities plan to bring up manslaughter charges.
The Daily Mail reports:
They would not immediately confirm he was the driver of the rig, though local authorities said over the weekend that the driver was arrested.
Authorities discovered eight bodies inside the crowded 18-wheeler parked outside a Walmart in the summer heat, and a ninth victim died at the hospital. Officials feared the death toll could rise because nearly 20 others rescued from the truck were in dire condition, many suffering from extreme dehydration and heatstroke.
‘We’re looking at a human-trafficking crime,’ said San Antonio Police Chief William McManus, calling it ‘a horrific tragedy.’
It was not immediately known whether Bradley had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.
Meanwhile, te lieutenant governor of Texas has blamed the deaths of ten illegal immigrants on sanctuary cities.
In a Facebook post on Sunday, Dan Patrick said if it wasn’t for sanctuary cities, which refuse to work with the federal government in deporting illegal immigrants, the tragedy in San Antonio would never have happened.
‘Sanctuary cities entice people to believe they can come to America and Texas and live outside the law. Sanctuary cities also enable human smugglers and cartels.
‘Today, these people paid a terrible price and demonstrate why we need a secure border and legal immigration reform so we can control who enters our country. We continue to pray for the families and friends of the victims,’ Patrick, a Republican, wrote.
On Sunday morning, emergency crews pulled dozens of people from a sweltering tractor-trailer parked outside a Walmart in the midsummer heat.
Ten people are dead and the death toll could rise, as 30 others were taken fro the rig and hospitalized in dire condition, with extreme dehydration and heatstroke.